Duolingo Leagues and Leaderboards – Step-by-Step Guide For You

Learning different foreign languages has become a trend nowadays. But have you ever wondered about competing with other people learning the same language? Whenever I start learning the language, I always wonder if I am doing better than others or not. Although there are a lot of platforms that I used, none of them helped me to compete with others. It was at this point, that I looked for a platform where I could compete with others and finally got to know about Duolingo leagues and leaderboards. What excited me about these leagues was I also got rewards for winning them. Think you are competing with others, getting rewards, and finding out where you stand, just at a single place.

Duolingo leagues have always helped to know me if I am doing better or not. When I started learning the language, I thought I was doing great. But when I took part in these leagues, I was surprised to see that there were people doing much better than me. Of course, I was highly motivated which took my learning to another level. I started completing more lessons in a day and reached the last league of the platform. Excited to know how they really work? Stay till the end, and I assure you that you will definitely get to know how can you compete with others.

Quick Takeaways

Duolingo league is like a competition which goes on for a week and you have to compete with other unknown users.
There are several different leagues in which you will be taking part. Once you pass the first league you get eligible for the other.
You get gems for winning the leagues.
There are a total of 10 different leagues which starts with the bronze league and ends with the diamond league.

What are Duolingo Leagues and Leaderboards?

The Duolingo league and leaderboard is a weekly competition with 30 users from all the platforms. You will get the option of the leaderboards on the left side of the platform. Click on it, and you will get the option to take part in the leagues.

Duolingo Leagues and Leaderboards – Step-by-Step Guide For You

On the other hand, if you are using Duolingo on the mobile app, you will get the option at the bottom of the app. Click on it, and you will be taken to the first league.

When I tried to use it, it asked me to complete 10 lessons first. So, you must complete 10 lessons first, if you are interested in taking part in the league. Also, it helped me to earn a lot of gems. If you come in the top three ranks, then you will be able to earn more gems. To come to the top of the leaderboard, you will have to earn a lot of experience points. I have always been very competitive and wanted to win the leagues badly. So I made up a goal and started earning 100 XP in a day. Eventually, I was able to come in the top 15 members of the league.

When does the Duolingo league start and end?

I always wait for a new week to start so that I can take part in the leagues. The Duolingo league generally starts every Monday evening and ends between 22:00 and 01:00 on Sunday night or Monday morning depending on your own time zone.

For UTC, these leagues are generally refreshed around 00:00 UTC. So usually you will find the leagues starting at midnight depending on the area you live in. As these leagues will help you to compete with other users, you will stay motivated in the language learning journey.

What are the 10 leagues of Duolingo?

Following are the 10 different leagues of Duolingo which are discussed from first to end

Name of LeagueGoal (XP)Rewards (Duolingo Gems)Users promoting to the next league
Bronze League10005 Duolingo GemsTop 20 Users
Silver League1000010 Duolingo GemsTop 15 Users
Gold League1300015 Duolingo GemsTop 10 Users
Sapphire League1500020 Duolingo GemsTop 7 Users
Ruby League1750030 Duolingo GemsTop 7 Users
Emerald League1900040 Duolingo GemsTop 7 Users
Amethyst League2100045 Duolingo GemsTop 7 Users
Pearl League2500060 Duolingo GemsTop 7 Users
Obsidian League3000085 Duolingo GemsTop 5 Users
Diamond League100000100 Duolingo GemsTop 10 Users

What happens after finishing the diamond league in Duolingo?

As mentioned above, the highest league in Duolingo is the Diamond League. The Diamond League is the most competitive league in nature. I had worked hard to get into this league. It was difficult to win this challenge. But with my efforts, I was able to win the challenge. After winning it, I eagerly waited for the next league. But no new league was there. The only thing that happened was that I received a new achievement Badge for getting first in it unlike in 2021.

In November 2021, there was a new tournament for people who were in the Diamond League. In this tournament, you will have to be in the top 10 of the Diamond League. I also took part in this league and found when a new tournament was about to start, there was a message saying “Top 10 qualify for the Tournament”. At that time I was able to take part in the tournament. However, when it came to “The next Tournament is starting soon”, I was not able to enter the tournament, despite being in the top 10. Eventually, I managed to qualify for the Diamond League and also took part in three stages-

  • Quater-finals
  • Semi-finals
  • Finals

Update: It was removed after a few days of coming on the platform.

What happens if you don’t join the leaderboard Duolingo?

Every week on Monday a random league is open. As only 30 users compete in a league, you will have to join it before it is filled. Once the league is closed another league is started and you do not join the first league, you can get into another league. Once you are in a league and come in the top 20 users, you will be in the next league. Similarly, you will move to other leagues and eventually to the diamond league.

On the other hand, if you do not come under top rankers, and make it to the last 3-4 ranks you will move to the previous league. Thus you must practice a lot to maintain a high position in the league.

How to turn off the Duolingo league?

If you are bored with the league or are not interested in the league anymore, you can easily get out of it. All you need to do is to avoid going to that part of the app. However, if you want to restart it, you will have to go to the leaderboard option on the platform and take part in the leagues.

Do people cheat in the Duolingo leaderboard?

I personally think that people sometimes cheat to win the Duolingo leaderboards. As discussed above, to win the league, we have to earn a higher XP score. In such a situation, people forget their ultimate goal and start using the boosters to increase their XP. Also, I have seen people literary earning 500 XP or 1000XP in a single day which is impossible. Due to this, not only me but many other users believe that they are cheating. Many people also believe to make users more engaged on Duolingo the platform has bots on this platform. All these things make me believe that people sometimes cheat, just to be on the top of the leaderboards. However, it is still not proven and is only a debatable topic


Duolingo leagues are the ones in which you will be competing against other users every week. There are 10 different leagues in which you will be taking part. Each of the leagues will give you gems that you can use to unlock new lessons. To move on to the next, you will have to qualify for the first one. When I took part in these leagues, I challenged myself to earn 100 XP daily. It helped me a lot to get to a new league. To qualify for the final league is a tough task. You will need to put a lot of effort to come in this league.


Why are Leaderboards so unbalanced?

You might be facing an issue to come on the top of the leaderboard. The leaderboard is a mix of the numbers and time you have started. During my first week in Diamond, I started in the morning and was in 11th position. But in the next week, I started in the evening and scored a position in the top 5.

What is the ideal time to join a league in Duolingo?

There is no ideal time to join the league in Diamond. Whenever you get the time, you can join whenever you want.

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